Thursday, October 24, 2019

2019-20 Upper Deck Tim Hortons: 5-Pack Break

As usual, Tim Hortons stores are running out of their Upper Deck 2019-20 Tim Hortons hockey cards two weeks ahead of time; they were initially supposed to be in stores until November 9th, but most are already sold out, which is why when I crossed a shop that still had some, I took bought packs. (For a full review of the set, click here.)

It's not the best decision I've ever made, but it's very far from the worst.

For instance, I landed two Gold Etchings cards, one of them Johnny Gaudreau:
Unfortunately, I already had a Patrik Laine, but maybe I can get one signed now.

I also landed two Game Day Action cards, of Gaudreau and Sidney Crosby:
And my final insert was of the Special Events type, namely the Global Series, of Nico Hischer:
In terms of collation, I only got one base double (Gaudreau), but I did find it odd that I got a double of an insert.

All told, I've spent $45 I'm still at one-third of the set (two doubles), which means I'm now up to these so far:

Base Set:

5: Mark Giordano
7: Brady Tkachuk
9: Jack Eichel
10: Jordan Binnington 
13: Johnny Gaudreau x2
15: Ryan Getzlaf
17: Victor Hedman
19: Jonathan Toews
20: Sebastian Aho 
21: Brayden Point
25: Nico Hischier
26: Blake Wheeler
28: Claude Giroux
29: Nathan MacKinnon
33: Sam Reinhart
34: Auston Matthews 
37: Patrice Bergeron 
39: Aleksander Barkov
41: Jake Guentzel
43: Anthony Mantha
48: Connor Hellebuyck
52: Chris Kreider
53: Bo Horvat
54: Jonathan Quick
55: Mark Scheifele
56: Devan Dubnyk
58: Kris Letang 
60: Drew Doughty
63: Brad Marchand
64: Eric Staal
69: Cam Atkinson
73: Mark Stone 
75: Frederik Andersen
77: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
84: Evgeny Kuznetsov 
85: Leon Draisaitl
88: Patrick Kane 
89: Alex DeBrincat
93: Mika Zibanejad
97: Connor McDavid
101: Tyler Seguin
102: Jeff Skinner
104 Kyle Palmieri
112: Marc-André Fleury x2
115: Mathew Barzal
119: Anze Kopitar

Game Day Action:

HGD-6: Johnny Gaudreau
HGD-8: Jonathan Toews
HGD-12: Alex Ovechkin
HGD-13: Steven Stamkos
HGD-14: Nathan MacKinnon 
HGD-15: Sidney Crosby

"Red" Parallel:

DC-16: Patrice Bergeron
DC-17: Brent Burns
DC-30: Clayton Keller
DC-33: Steven Stamkos

Gold Etchings:

GE-4: Patrick Kane
GE-5: Johnny Gaudreau
GE-7: Patrik Laine x2
GE-10: Sidney Crosby

Franchise Duos:

D-6: Johnny Gaudreau/Sean Monahan
D-7: Connor McDavid/Leon Draisaitl

Clear Cut Phenoms:
CC-5: David Pastrnak
CC-8: Patrik Laine 

Highly Decorated:
HD-7: Jonathan Toews
HD-12: Joe Thronton

Special Events:
SE-2: Tuuka Rask: China Games
SE-3: Nico Hischier: Global Series
SE-5: Patrice Bergeron:  Winter Classic

Some stars are included too often, no offense to Toews and Gaudreau, but it's ridiculous. One player shouldn't feel like he's 10% of the series.

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